This week I was filling out a parent form on my daughter for the college counseling department to prepare her college counselor to assist her on her applications to college. “List three to four adjectives that describe her. Describe her greatest challenge and how she handled it. How has your child developed the most?”
It did make me think, however, what if someone was filling out this same survey about me? What would it say? What if God himself was answering the questions about me to see whether I could make it to “the next level.” Would I like the responses? Would they make me cringe and wish I could do something over again? Or would I be proud of what my Father wrote about me?
The good news is, God knows me better than I know myself. He knows how many hairs I have on my head. He knows my comings and my goings. He knows the good adjectives that describe me, and the constructive ones that I know in my heart I need to change. He knows my greatest challenges, and has even walked through them with me. He knows the challenges that I have ahead that I cannot even envision right now, and He already knows how they will turn out. He knows how I have developed as a Christian, and He hopes I will make good choices in the future as I continue to become the best version of myself.
Just as I look forward with a mix of joy and trepidation to the next year of college applications with my daughter, I know that the years ahead will be a mixed bag for me as well. Thankfully, my Counselor will write me the ultimate recommendation, and I just need to keep striving to make sure I make the final grade that really matters.
“No single act for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted.” – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel
Jesus, my Lord and my brother, let me do your work for Your sake, and not for my own pride or self-satisfaction. As long as I want what You want, I will act prudently and safely. If I fret at my failures, I am working for myself and not for You. Your will is to be done, not mine. I hope to attempt all the good within my reach, but I will not be over-anxious about the results. If I lose my presence of mind and my peace of soul it is because I am thinking more of Your work than of Your will. I need only do my best. The rest depends on the people around me and Your grace. Let me never think I am bigger or more able than You. I now put all things into Your hands. Amen